Jaime Jo Wright’s writing is so exquisite and illustrative, I could feel the breeze off of Gossamer Pond! This skill creates a chilling tension, an ominious foreboding, as the characters of Reckoning at Gossamer Pond race to solve the mysteries wrapped into this small town’s history. It also ensures I read her novels during daylight with my German Shepherd, Teddy. near to hand and my heart racing!
As in The House of Foster Hill, the novel flips between the present day and a century earlier following to lead characters, Annalise and Libby. Despite not being a fan of two timeframes in a story, I find the way Jaime Jo Wright does it quite mesmerizing. I don’t like creepy stories either but again, this is the exception! Each person is so carefully created, fleshed out and intriguing. Nothing is quite like it seems and it’s wonderfully exciting trying to deduce what is happening and link between past and present! Broken by past mistakes, God’s forgiveness and grace weaves through the townspeople bringing hope and healing in interesting and realistic ways.
I highly recommend it, it’s a five out of five! I do hope we’ll see more from Jaime Jo soon!
From the back cover:
For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant faade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As she sorts through the collection, she’s wholly unprepared for the ramifications of the dark and deadly secrets she’ll uncover.
A century earlier, Gossamer Grove has been stirred into chaos by the arrival of controversial and charismatic twin revivalists. The chaos takes a murderous turn when Libby Sheffield, working at her father’s newspaper, receives an obituary for a reputable church deacon hours before his death. As she works with the deacon’s son to unravel the mystery behind the crime, it becomes undeniably clear that a reckoning has come to town–but it isn’t until another obituary arrives that they realize the true depths of the danger they’ve waded into.
Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it’s too late and they lose their future–or their very souls.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.